October Wrap Up

I read a total of 9 books in October, which is way better than I’ve done in months. In fact, it’s the most I’ve read in a single month all year. This is exciting for me because I wasn’t even trying to read more than usual; it just happened on its own.

I’m going to jump into the books in the order I read them. (I am curious to know if people prefer wrap ups that are chronological or that go from lowest rated to highest rated? Let me know in the comments what you generally prefer to see.)

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

My Rating: ★★★

I didn’t do a full review of this book, but in general I feel like this like I do about the rest of this series so far. It’s fun to read and I liked it well enough but I didn’t feel very strongly about it in any way and I don’t think it really stands out at all.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

My Rating: ★

I did a full review of this here. The short version is that I expected this to be a 4 or 5 star book but I was just very disappointed with it.

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

My Rating: ★★★★

I also did a full review of this one here. I really enjoyed this one even though it wasn’t quite what I had expected (maybe that made me enjoy it more?) Anyways I definitely have to read more Stephen King after this one.

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

My Rating: ★★★★

I reviewed this here. I flew through this book and really enjoyed it.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

My Rating: ★★★

This was good but missed chances to be great or to discuss nuances in some of the topics it tackles, and it’s also not something I’d recommend to people who aren’t very well acquainted with feminism or who don’t call themselves feminists. I did a full review here.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

My Rating: ★★

I went from flying through this book to having to force myself through the end of it. I felt cheated in that the world wasn’t actually different from any other YA fantasy, it was just dressed up in incorrectly used Russian names and words. The characters were all flat, and I did not care one ounce for any of the romance nonsense happening. I do have a full review on my blog but as of writing this it’s still in my schedule waiting to be posted.

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My Rating: ★★★★★

I don’t plan on doing a full review for this because I don’t feel all that comfortable rating and reviewing the individual stories that this book discusses as most of them are fairy-tales or legends or myths. I went back and forth on the rating for this between 4 & 5 stars and decided to be generous mostly because I’m a hoe for the stories inside and the ways in which they empower or at least give agency to their female characters. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I’ll definitely be thinking about it a lot in the future.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

My Rating: ★★

I don’t have a formal review of this but I was feeling a little jaded and snarky by the time I pushed through the end of this book so I wrote up an informal Goodreads rant review about it. The ridiculous love pyramid had me wanting to DNF this multiple times.

Low, Vol 1.: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini

My Rating: ★★

I’m not going to review this fully either, but I will say that the story was not well developed. None of the characters were developed. The female characters, even the ones who drive the action, are subjected to major objectification and male gaze. The world had the potential to be interesting but it wasn’t developed enough. Then there’s the art which was good, but I had a hard time telling the difference between the male characters who for some reason all had the same facial hair? There’s little to no facial expressions. And the mom looks the same age as her daughter. The colourist did a very good job with giving the art dimension though and that’s actually the only reason I pushed through to the end of this volume. Not gonna continue this series.

Q3 DNFs Wrap Up

This is just a list of some of the books I tried in Q3 that I ended up DNF’ing. If you don’t know, DNF stands for “did not finish.” There’s a variety of reasons I’ll DNF a book and I’ll get into some of them when I talk about why I DNF’ed these books in particular.

Side note: I was planning on making this a yearly thing, but I’ve DNF’ed a lot of books this year so I thought doing it quarterly might make more sense.

Without further ado, here are the books I DNF’ed in Q3 2019, in order of when I picked them up.

A Little Life

#1 A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

[Goodreads Link]

Yup, this is it: the book that caused a month-long reading slump. I really wanted to be someone who liked this book, but it was just… not pulling me in at all. I only ever read like 80-ish pages of it and then every time I thought to myself “I should read” after that, I had exactly 0 desire to pick this book up. I think I would have liked this more if I had read it around the same time as when I read Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, which I rated 5 stars at the time I read it, but which I’m hesitant to revisit as I don’t think I’d enjoy it as much now. Something about “literary” fiction just hasn’t been working for me lately, and I’m not going to force myself. I do hope to eventually get back to this one though!

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)

#2 Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

[Goodreads Link]

Some books, I leave the rating blank when I DNF them. Other times, I’ll give them one or two stars. It entirely depends on my reason for DNF’ing the book. I didn’t, for example, give a rating to A Little Life. I did, however, give a rating to Wicked Saints, because it was genuinely bad, and I wanted my thoughts about that to be reflected. I went into detail about why I DNF’ed this book here. If you just want the TL;DR version it’s that the writing was atrocious, nothing was explained, and in the 100+ pages that I managed to read, the author gave me no reason to care about the plot or the characters. Let’s just say I’m glad I got this book from the library because it would have been a waste of money.

Binti (Binti, #1)

#3 Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

[Goodreads Link]

I honestly just wasn’t connecting with this one. Conceptually, I liked the plot and the world and the characters, but I wasn’t feeling much about any of it. I also felt like things were moving too fast and not explained well enough. This book only has 90 or so pages but I just had a hard time getting past the fact that the MC sees a whole ship of people who have become her friends get murdered and then she’s all buddy-buddy with said murderers without question because they didn’t kill her and they actually like her for some reason. I don’t know. I felt like it didn’t make any sense, so I just stopped listening to the audiobook after that. I think, maybe, it was trying to do everything that a full novel would do, but in novella length.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

#4 Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

[Goodreads Link]

Technically I DNF’ed this at the beginning of this month, so it’s not a Q3 DNF, but… semantics. Who cares? Not me. This one is another one that I went into depth about my reasons for DNF’ing over on my Goodreads. If you want the whole list of grievances, you can read about it here. Unfortunately this book was just boring. How can horror be boring? Out of all the genres that shouldn’t be boring, I’d say horror is probably at the top of the list. I’m in the minority about this one, for sure, but it’s convinced me to just not bother with YA horror from now on. The Diviners series is scarier than this book, and I wouldn’t even call that series ‘horror.’ I’m going to stick to adult horror for the foreseeable future, and we can all thank this book for that.

Let me know if there’s any books you’ve DNF’ed recently.

Q3 Reading Stats | Q4 Goals

This has been a slow reading season for me. It started with a slump that carried over from Q2. I tried for a whole month just to finish one book before finally deciding to DNF it. So my real Q3 for reading didn’t even start until August, so I only read 8 books in total.

I’ve discussed the books I read in my wrap ups for the months.

Q3 Wrap-Ups:

In total I read 8 books for a total of 2,953 pages. In comparison, my Q2 total was 15 books and 5,565 pages. That’s… less than spectacular… but on the whole, I’m okay with it. It probably would have been closer to even if I hadn’t spent a whole month trying to force myself to read one book.

The average length of the books I read this quarter was 369 pages, compared to 371 pages in Q2, so more or less the same. There was a significantly larger standard deviation with that average this quarter, though.

I read more fantasy than any other genre, which isn’t surprising for me. Fantasy tends to be my go-to genre, and it tends to be at least 50% of what I read in any given period of time.

I read more female authors than male authors, which is slightly surprising for me as I didn’t read much YA this quarter. In fact the only YA book I did read was by a male author. I probably shouldn’t be surprised by that, and it definitely draws attention to my own biases about the adult and YA categories.

My average rating for Q3 was 3.5, which is a little above my all-time ratings average. Not something I’ll complain about. That means I generally enjoyed the books I read this quarter.

I had an oddly even spread of ratings this quarter, with the exception of 1-stars, which I gave to 0 of the books I read.

In general I think my average ratings have been trending higher since I started allowing myself to DNF books I’m not enjoying. I don’t give ratings to books I DNF and most of them (with the exception of library returns) would probably be 1-star, or 2 if I’m in a good mood. The thing is, I just don’t get a lot of enjoyment out of hate-reading. I love to be salty, but with the little time I have available to read, I just prefer to spend my time on things I actually like.

That said, I have written some salty things about some books I’ve DNF’ed recently and in the further past. In Q3 I DNF’ed a total of 3 books. (Two physical books and one audiobook.) I always post my reasons for DNF’ing a book to my Goodreads.


Looking to Q4. My main goal is to keep with at least the 4 books a month that I managed in August and September.

Some other goals I have for myself:

  • I want to read at least 2 horror books in October (not counting the audiobook I’m listening to now, because it’s not nearly horrifying enough for me to even really call it ‘horror’, but I’ll leave that for when I write a review of it.)
  • I want to read at least 5 of the books I already own. I currently have a stack of 13 unread books sitting on my shelf, and I’d like to read at least half of those before I bring in anything new. (I know that’s not too crazy, but considering half of what I read comes from the library, it takes me awhile to get to the books I actually own.)
  • I’d like to finish at least 1 series that I’ve been putting off.
  • And I want to start at least 1 new series I’ve been putting off.

Again, my main goal is to read at least 4 books each month in Q4, which means I’ll have read another 12 books by the end of the year. That being said, I’ve already more this year than I have in a long time, so I am not at all going to stress myself out over hitting any of these goals.

If you have any similar end-of-year goals, I’d love to hear them!

September Wrap Up

I read four books in the month of September, which is a pretty decent number for me and my schedule. It’s about the average for me.

I also rated two books 5-stars, which is fairly rare for me, so I’m pretty excited about the books I ended up picking up.

(On a slightly negative note, I did end up DNF’ing one book. I generally don’t care about DNF’ing books they generally either bore me or I can tell from the get-go I’m not going to like them, and I don’t force myself to read things, but if you’re interested I always mention why I DNF certain books on my Goodreads. I don’t mention them by title in my wrap-ups.)

I’m just gonna jump into the books in the order that I read them.

The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia, #1)

The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst

Page Count: 353

My Rating: ★★★★☆

[Goodreads Link]

This book was such a nice surprise. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, and I don’t even remember how I found out that this book existed, and I’m so surprised it’s not more popular, especially among people who read YA Fantasy (though this book is technically adult, there’s definitely a lot of appeal for those who generally read YA.) I felt so strongly about this book deserving more popularity that I wrote a full review on it, which you can read here.

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Page Count: 352

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

[Goodreads Link]

I really loved the premise of this and it definitely kept me entertained while I was bored at work. However I don’t think I was able to absorb all of it as well as I could have if I had read it physically, and I just had to like force myself to pay attention to the audiobook. This happens a lot with audiobooks for me, I use them as background noise and then accidentally tune out huge swaths of them, so I’m trying to only listen to them when I can focus on them like while I’m driving or cleaning so that I stop that habit. Anyways, I don’t think this one will be super memorable for me down the line, but I did enjoy it while I read it. I liked the dynamic between the two main characters and the focus on Mayan mythology.

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson

Page Count: 572

My Rating: ★★★★★

[Goodreads Link]

This book took me nearly 3 weeks to complete, but man was it worth it. Everything about this series is so immensely well-done. The Mistborn series is not the best with pacing, which is my only complaint and one I’m entirely willing to overlook for how it ended. There’s not much I can say about this book that wouldn’t spoil things that happen earlier in the series, but holy shit. I just loved this so much, these books will always be at the top of my fantasy list, and I’m excited to dive further into Sanderson’s Cosmere universe.

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Page Count: 292

My Rating: ★★★★★

[Goodreads Link]

I don’t read a lot of contemporary. I don’t read a lot of generally plot-less, 100% character-focused fiction. I don’t like a lot of the ones that I do read. But every once in a while I come across one that reminds me why I keep on reading them, and this was one of those rare cases. This book has a loose plot, but it’s less a story and more a study on grief, but even more than that it’s a portrait of a family. This touches on not only grief, but racism and sexism, both without forcing the point down your throat. It’s also about love, both romantic and familial, of the complicated relationships between siblings. I loved all three of the siblings. I related the most to Nath out of all the characters, empathized most with Hannah, and cried most over Lydia. I don’t know that I have the words to describe all the things I felt through reading this book, even though took me less than a day to read it. I have a feeling that this is one of those books that’ll never leave me and I’m very glad I read it.

That’s it for September! I’m hoping to read at least 4 books (but maybe more) in October, and I’m excited for that, because it’s spooky month, and I’ve never really been into horror as a genre, but I’ve always been intrigued, and this is the year I’m going to give it a chance- I already have a tentative TBR- and I’m excited to really dive into it.

August Wrap Up

I read four books in the month of August, which certainly isn’t a lot, but it is more than I read in June and July combined so I’m pretty happy with that.

Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)

The Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter

Page Count: 320

Dates Read: August 2-6

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This is the second book in a YA paranormal mystery series. The series is fun and lighthearted and often involves culprits that are mythical creatures. I really enjoyed the first book in this series but this one was a disappointment. I didn’t feel connected to the characters at all, including Abigail who we’re supposed to relate to in comparison to Jackaby. The supporting characters didn’t seem that important, and I didn’t really care much for the mystery. I may continue this series in the hopes it gets back to what I liked about the first book, but I’m not in a rush to read the next one.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Page Count: 171

Dates Read: August 7-8

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This is a book about a girl who grows up with a very strict and devout mother. Their religion, at times, seems like a cult. The main character starts to question everything she knows when she realizes that she loves women. The premise was very interesting to me as were the themes, but unfortunately the execution of this left a bit too much for me to be desired. I think I need to take a sabbatical from reading literary fiction, because I’ve been having a hard time with it in general recently and have had a tendency to just roll my eyes at how unnecessarily high-brow it all is. I ended up DNF’ing a literary fiction book in July, and I haven’t read any that have really felt like books I want to be reading in a few years.

Vengeful (Villains, #2)

Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab

Page Count: 478

Dates Read: August 9-13

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

This is the sequel to Vicious, which I read in April but which was published 5 years before this. While the first book of this series was also about 3-star read for me, this was noticeably worse. The new female characters were especially disappointing. Marcella had so much potential, but ended up just being a plot device who was characterized entirely by two tropes (the jilted lover and the femme fatale.) There was nothing about her that made me care about her ever though I really wanted to like her. June, who is— from how this book ends— actually supposed to be important doesn’t actually do much of anything nor do we learn all that much about her and certainly not enough for me to so much as pretend I wanted to care. I don’t think we needed this book or the one that may come after it. Vicious was not only fine on its own, but better on its own. I’ll probably read the next one, but to me this is just obviously a cash grab and I’m not wholly impressed.

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #2)

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence

Page Count: 415

Dates Read: August 17-29

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Ending the month on a strong note! I was so happy with this book, especially as I hadn’t been fully enamored with Red Sister when I read it. I think it was just a matter of timing, and reading this after a whole bunch of books I didn’t quite love made it that much better. Or maybe it was genuinely better than the first book. I really enjoyed Nona and her budding friendship with Zole and her continuing friendships with the other novices. I loved the final scenes. Joelie Namsis was a great antagonist; I found her extremely irritating but I’m also interested to learn more about her (which I don’t know for sure that we will.) The world of this series continues to keep me wanting to know more about it. I’m super excited to continue with this series and will being doing so after I catch up on a couple others.

That’s all I read in August! Have you read any of these books? Or what did you read in August? Let me know in the comments!

Q2 Reading Stats

I’m not gonna lie to y’all, I sort of fell into a reading slump at the end of May so I didn’t end up reading that much in the months of May or June, but I figured this wrap-up was worth doing anyway. I ended up DNF’ing a lot of stuff that I think I would have enjoyed if I was in a big reading mood, but it sort of started with me not feeling like listening to any of the audiobooks I had on hand and then went downhill from there.

I didn’t stop reading by any means but my reading definitely slowed substantially.


Q2 Stats:

I read a total of 5,565 pages in Q2, and the average length of the books I read was 371 pages (with a 109.9 standard deviation).

My average book rating was a 3.71 (standard deviation of .78,) which is much higher than Q1 which had an average of 3.40 and also higher than my 2019 so far average which is a 3.60. My lifetime average on Goodreads is a 3.43.

The most popular genre I read was Fantasy.


The Books:

Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
★★★★☆ / Goodreads Link

This one I didn’t review because I haven’t gotten comfortable enough with graphic novels to feel like I can/should review them. Maybe that will change.

Red Sister, Mark Lawrence
★★★☆☆ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

This one was a case, I think, of a hyped book falling a bit flat for me, and I’m not sure whether that’s just because of how hyped it was for me or the content itself. I do plan on continuing the series, but I’ll probably get them from the library.

Vicious, V.E. Schwab
★★★★☆ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

This was one I expected to be 5 stars, so even though I really enjoyed it, it still didn’t live up to my expectations/the hype, in my opinion. The concept was really interesting, but I think this one needed to be longer and taken more time to develop the characters— which is not something I say often about books. I do plan on reading the sequel.

Before The Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3), Libba Bray
★★★★☆ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

I didn’t love this quite as much as the first two books in the series, but the narration from January LaVoy is an amazing narrator so I rounded my rating up to four stars anyway. If you’re thinking about reading this series, audio is the way to go.

Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds
★★★★★ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

This was my first 5-star book of 2019. I highly recommend listening to the audio for this book. It’s phenomenal, nothing I can say can do this book the justice it deserves so like, go listen to it.

American Gods, Neil Gaiman
★★★☆☆ + ½ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

I wanted to like this more than I did. I couldn’t stop comparing it to the TV show the whole time I was reading it though, and I ended up skimming a lot of it for some reason.

The Devouring Gray, Christine Lynn Herman
★★☆☆☆ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

This was a disappointing one for me. The writing style was too obviously inexperienced and unpolished, and it just didn’t live up at all to the comparisons to Stranger Things or The Raven Cycle. It’s average rating on Goodreads has dropped significantly since I originally read it so I think the hype only hurt this book more than anything.

Circe, Madeline Miller
★★★★★ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

This is definitely making it into one of my all time favorite books. I loved Madeline Miller’s first book as well so she’s definitely an author I plan on following damn near religiously.

The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo
★★★☆☆ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

This book has gotten really high praise. I think it was very good at hitting home about what it’s like to grow up in a house with a very devout Catholic parent. My family is Irish-American, not Latinx, but the similarities were striking. That said, I thought that this book could have been shorter and focused more on that specifically and less on the romance aspect because that just gave me second-hand embarrassment. The audiobook is excellently narrated.

Descendant of the Crane, Joan He
★★★★☆ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

This was so good! I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the whole thing, and the unique magic system, and the different dynamics between the characters (even though some of the characters by themselves fell flat.) I definitely plan on reading the next book from this author whether it’s a continuation of this story or something else.

Autoboyography, Christina Lauren
★★★☆☆ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

Originally I rated this four stars because I was thoroughly entertained while reading it, but now that it’s been awhile since I’ve read I can honestly say the flaws stick out more than the things I liked. I just edited my full review to reflect this while writing this post. I may even drop it down to two-stars, but for now it’s a three.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Ellen Oh + Various
★★★☆☆ / Individual Story Ratings (Goodreads) / Goodreads Link

Like all anthologies, some stories were really strong, others were really weak, most were just fine or okay. My enjoyment of short stories is heavily affected by writing style so a lot of my lower ratings were because the stories didn’t seem polished or well-written, even if the ideas were interesting.


The Wallcreeper, Nell Zink
★★★☆☆ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

This was a really weird book. I don’t know if there was a point to anything that happened in it, the entire plot is hazy to me now nearly two months after reading it, but I also don’t think there really was a plot. I still don’t know whether I liked it.

Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston
★★★★☆ / Full Review / Goodreads Link

This book exceeded every single expectation I had going in. I love the enemies-to-lovers trope, I loved how relatable the characters were (they seemed like actual twenty-somethings I’d be friends with?), and the writing style was super easy to get into.

Normal People, Sally Rooney
★★★★☆ / Review to Come / Goodreads Link

A very interesting book. This is another one I thought would be 5 stars, but just barely didn’t live up to my expectations. The writing style is very slow, in a almost lethargic type of way, and none of the dialogue in the entire book is in quotes. These aren’t bad things, but it did put me in a strange headspace whenever I was reading it. I really enjoyed the characters and reading about how their relationship progressed and what happened to them.

And that’s all the books I read in Q2! I’m looking forward to hopefully getting out of my reading slump at some point during Q3. Maybe this month, maybe next month. I’m slowly chipping away at a rather long book, so I don’t think I’ll get much read in July, but who knows? It’s still early in the month.

OWL’s Readathon 2019 Wrap-Up

I set out to read 9 books and I read 7. I’m just happy I managed to read my goal of completing the Metal Charmer career path. Here are the books I read:

Ancient Runes — A Retelling

Circe

Circe by Madeline Miller

Page Count: 393

Dates Read: April 28-30

My Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

I want Madeline Miller to write my biography. Circe was more than I could have possibly hoped for.Full Review To Come

Arithmancy — A Book Written by More Than One Author

Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven (Monstress, #3)

Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie M. Liu (story), Sana Takeda (illustration)

Page Count: 168 pages

Dates Read: April 1

My Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

I really enjoyed this. At the moment I don’t feel comfortable doing full reviews of graphic novels but if that ever changes perhaps I will write a full review for the books in this series.

Charms — Age Line: Read an Adult Work

American Gods

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Page Count: 541 pages

Dates Read: April 16 – April 27

My Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒

Had a hard time not comparing this to the (in my honest opinion, superior) show adaptation, so the rating suffered because of that. Full Review to Come.

Defence Against the Dark Arts — Reducto: Title that Starts with an ‘R’

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Page Count: 469 Pages

Dates Read: April 2-9

My Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒

Originally I gave this 3.5 stars, but I honestly keep forgetting I even read it so I’m glad I rounded down on that. Full Review Here.

Transfiguration — Sprayed Edges or Red Cover

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Page Count: 371 pages

Dates Read: April 9-12

My Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

A 3.5 that I rounded up to a 4. I somehow simultaneously really enjoyed this book while also feeling like maybe it’s a little overhyped. Full Review Here.

Herbology — Plant on the Cover

The Devouring Gray

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Page Count: 368 Pages

Dates Read: April 27-28

My Rating: ⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒

How can I put this succinctly? This was uhh…. a giant disappointment. Full Review Here.

Potions — Next Ingredient: Sequel

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3) by Libba Bray

Page Count: 552 pages

Dates Read: April 1-16

My Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

These audiobooks, man. I’m already excited to listen to book 4 when it eventually comes out. Full Review Here.

That’s all the books I read for the OWLs Magical Readathon! I’m hoping to participate in the NEWT’s magical readathon in August, but it may depend on the prompts for the Metal Charmer subjects. I literally finished Circe the last day of the readathon, I was so scared I wasn’t going to finish on time, but Madeline Miller’s writing just makes me want not to put her books down.

Did you participate in OWLs 2019? What books did you read? Do you plan to participate in NEWTs as well?